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Kraft Reinforces Patriots' Stance On Denying Hernandez' Workout Bonus

Kraft said the Hernandez saga caused the Patriots to review their business operations
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft "stood strong last night in his response" to the grievance filed by the NFLPA on behalf of Aaron Hernandez seeking $82,000 in workout bonus money, according to Karen Guregian of the BOSTON HERALD. Kraft said, "We honor all of our contracts. We expect the people who sign them to honor their part of the contract." Guregian notes the Patriots "terminated Hernandez' contract" shortly after he was arrested June 26 on a murder charge. Since Hernandez "didn't live up to the contract by being arrested, all bets are off" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/28). Kraft said that the Hernandez situation has "caused the Patriots to review the way they conduct business." Kraft: "Every year, in all of our businesses, we re-calibrate what we’re doing to make sure we’re staying fresh and on top of things. Once you stop doing that, you’ll perish. This is a business that is the most competitive business I've ever been involved in. We've reviewed everything. We've been very diligent in the way we look at things. We'll try to do things as best as we can to achieve the results we want" (ESPN.com, 8/27).
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